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Super Hero Sandwiches

Amp up the party at your next gathering with these superdelicious, supersize sandwiches. Five chefs from across the nation share their inspired recipes for feeding a crowd.
February/March 2020 Issue
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Grinders. Subs. Hoagies. Heroes Call them what you will. Any way you slice it, sandwiches are the perfect party food. For starters, they can be eaten with one hand (while the other holds a drink). They’re also remarkably simple to prep for a crowd. Most of them can be eaten at room temperature, and the individual elements that go into a sandwich can usually be made well in advance of a party so there’s no last-minute scrambling necessary to pull them together. Consider these five sandwiches a road trip of classic sandwiches around the United States, reimagined by local chefs. Each of these heroes says a little bit about the diversity of this great country. From a twist on the Vietnamese banh mi from Gabriel Pascuzzi of Portland, Oregon (a city that boasts a burgeoning Vietnamese community), to Miami chef Michelle Bernstein’s delicioso Cubano, these  brilliant creations elevate the humble sandwich to hallowed hero.

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    Barbecue Tri-Tip French Dip Sandwich

    Invented by French chef Phillipe Mathieu in sunny southern California in the early part of the 20th century, this sandwich gets the Adam Perry Lang treatment with the addition of smoky barbecued beef.

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    Vegetarian Reubens

    You won’t miss the meat in these vegetarian sandwiches. Pastrami-spiced roasted mushrooms and garlicky spinach are layered with Emmentaler cheese, rye-flavored sauerkraut, and a creamy Greek yogurt Russian sauce for an unforgettable sandwich that even meat eaters will adore.

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    Red-Eye Philadelphia Cheesesteak

    It’s common to make a cheesesteak when you work around the Philly food scene, but Jonathan Adams’ version has a surprise feature: red-eye onions flavored with espresso and caramelized to deep, dark perfection.

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    Cubano Sandwiches

    Developed in the Tampa, Florida, neighborhood of Ybor City, the Cubano was the favorite lunch choice of the Cuban-immigrant cigar-factory workers who settled there. Is it worth the effort to roast your own pork for these sandwiches? Absolutely.

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    Teriyaki Shrimp Banh Mi

    The classic Vietnamese sandwich is reimagined by chef Gabriel Pascuzzi. The vibrant Vietnamese community in Portland, Oregon, has added to the city’s explosion of global dining options.

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